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After my son was born, 8 years ago, I made a set of knit and felted nesting boxes (Felted Boxes from “Mason Dixon Knitting”) as a gift for our midwives. I loved the boxes so much, I decided to make a set for myself. The project stalled when I needed a contrasting colour for the smallest box. Several years later, I finally bought that yarn. And finally, last weekend, I finished them all! Woo hoo! It feels wonderful to pull a project out from its 7-year hiding spot to finally get it done.
I finished these socks for my daughter at least a year ago, if not two. I’m not really sure how long it’s been because I never used to keep track of that stuff (until now – thank you ravelry!) The pattern is “Monkey” from knitty.com by Cookie A. If you knit and haven’t checked out knitty yet, then you are in for a treat! I had the pleasure of meeting Cookie several years ago at a knitting retreat. I’m sure she doesn’t remember me, but I thought she was great! Oh, and don’t ask me what yarn I used. It’s rainbow, that’s all that matters (also, I might be too lazy to check).
Hey, I’m just happy to have completed a knitting project! These days, it takes a LONG time to finish knitting!
These are the Legwarmers: Maximum and Minimum, from Sally Melville’s “The Knit Stitch”, knit with Noro Kureyon (of course!).
Because here comes a fiber-y update. OK, that was poor.
Over a year ago, I let each of my kids pick a sock pattern that I would knit for them. My daughter (now 10 years old) chose these (“Two Alert Cats” from Cat Bordhi’s book, “Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles”). It seemed challenging, and I was determined to knit them. It took about 8 starts, but I finally got the hang of knitting intarsia in the round. I swear, I probably knit the cats (oh yes, there are two) on that first sock enough times to have made at least 4 other socks. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway), that the second sock was a breeze.
I am so happy that I accomplished this, and boy was I glad to move on! I made my own sock blockers by cutting a 1″ thick foam (the type that’s used as playroom jigsaw flooring).
I also recently lengthened my son’s socks (“Simple Socks in Three Sizes”, also by Cat Bordhi, same book). By the time I had finished them the first time, they just fit. And now, having just lengthened them by more than an inch, they only just fit again. Time for new socks.
I’m working on something for myself now. Here’s a sneak peak. It’s a pattern I’ve been dying to do for several years now and my mom bought me the yarn as a gift a few years ago. It’s great to be working with Noro again!